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Re: 30 Knots--Time for a Sail

To my mind any choice thoroughly thought through is good for goose and gander.

I had no emergency life raft. I had an "Eastport Pram."

This worked fine in my analysis, but bugged my entire extended family right out of their socks.

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Yes, I now own an emergency life raft. I feel no moral improvement at all, but I do get let less caterwauling at dinner.


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Re: 30 Knots--Time for a Sail

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..I had no emergency life raft. I had an "Eastport Pram."

This worked fine in my analysis, but bugged my entire extended family right out of their socks.

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Yes, I now own an emergency life raft. I feel no moral improvement at all, but I do get let less caterwauling at dinner.
As always, great article on your reasoning for the pram. I was going to ask the max sea state you think you could remain inside the pram, but you reason that you would be attached to it or to any liferaft in 50kts, not in it. Interesting thought.

However, there is certainly evidence of folks who have managed to get inside their raft in those conditions. Not all, to your point. I suspect it's only those that hit the bullseye on a direct dive through the entryway or whose raft is equiped with a boarding ramp. But it is some. I would have to say there is no way one was staying inside a pram in 50kts and resultant waves, ever.

For those considering the same, I would add that water temperature must play a role in this decision making. Crossing the Gulf of Maine is a short survival period, if you're only attached to the raft/pram and not in a gumby suit. CA to HI is a bit different, other than the shark jury.

Just more caterwauling. Great word......


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Re: 30 Knots--Time for a Sail

I spent some time with my "other boat" yesterday. It was only blowing in the low 20's though.

Everything Christian said is true. I spent time figuring out how to prevent jib sheet snags on the mast and how to prevent them from flogging so violently through a tack. The video actually gave me a couple of good ideas.

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